Gold winner: Hays
Silver winner: Randstand
Bronze Winner: DFP

Although the public and government sector went from strength to strength in 2016, with job ads rising by 26% year-on-year to September, the sector does have unique talent challenges. For example, FTE head count restrictions remain in place in many departments, particularly in the ACT. This means that contract and non-ongoing roles are the preferred hiring method.

The move to shared services within the federal government is also adding to the rise in temporary assignments for ‘business as usual’ as well as project work.

A continued focus on cost savings is another issue, which has also seen a trend towards engaging candidates on fixed-term contracts for the duration of a project.

Nick Deligiannis, managing director of Gold winner Hays, adds that with salary bandings set, employers can face an attraction challenge. Government departments – particularly in the federal government – are offering extra L&D opportunities in order to retain staff.

“In our Staff Engagement – Ideas for Action report, we found that career development and training is a very important engagement factor for attracting new employees and retaining existing staff,” says Deligiannis. “From the responses collected we discovered that employees ranked regular learning and development higher than regular salary reviews when it came to being engaged in the workplace.”